City of Biddeford, ME
York County
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[Ord. of 12-4-1991, § 20-41; Ord. No. 99.67, 8-17-1999]
Unless first obtaining a written permit therefor from the Director of Public Works, no person shall make or cause to be made any opening in any street or sidewalk in the City; dig up or assist in the breaking or digging up of any part of a street or sidewalk; or remove any gravel or other material therefrom. Any violation of this article shall be subject to the penalties described in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Section 1-12, General penalty, for violations of code, continuing violations.
[Ord. of 12-4-1991, § 20-42]
(a) 
No permit required by this division shall be granted unless the applicant for such permit shall first execute and file with the City treasurer a good and sufficient bond, or other surety, to be approved by the treasurer and conditioned upon the performance of all of the requirements of the permit. The bond or surety shall be at least $4,000, or a greater amount to be determined by the Director of Public Works, depending upon the extent of work which requires such surety. The bond or surety shall remain in force for a period of two years from the date of the most recent permit. This bonding or surety shall be in addition to any surety required by other ordinances.
(b) 
The provisions of this section shall be held to apply to the building, alteration or repair of any public sewer, by any person under contract with the City.
[Ord. of 12-4-1991, § 20-43]
(a) 
In issuing any permit for excavation in any public street or sidewalk, the Director of Public Works shall include such conditions as he shall deem proper for the proposed work, and such fees as have been established by the street committee. He shall inspect the progress and quality of work during the construction, and shall require the permittee to make any changes or alterations to the plans which may be necessary to protect the safety and well-being of the general public.
(b) 
The Director of Public Works shall have complete discretion in determining whether openings in streets and sidewalks can be made, and in determining where such openings shall be made. If excavation in either the street or sidewalk is optional, such excavation shall be made in the sidewalk.
(c) 
All permitted excavations in a public street or sidewalk shall be backfilled with material satisfactory to the Director of Public Works, and in such a manner as to provide a firm and safe surface. Any pavement removed by such excavation shall be replaced in a manner and with such material as shall be satisfactory to the Director.
(d) 
Excavations in streets and sidewalks shall be made at the expense of the persons procuring the permits.